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Makabayan bloc: Security of Tenure Bill benefits capitalists, not workers

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The Makabayan bloc condemned the passage in the House of Representatives of the Security of Tenure (SOT) Bill, saying it will lead to systematic and mass termination of current regular employees.

“The little concessions the House SOT bill gives to labor will be dwarfed by the legitimization and expected proliferation of job contractors and job contracting schemes and the deletion of performing desirable or necessary jobs in the definition of regular employment,” according to the group.

The Makabayan bloc is composed of Carlos Zarate of Bayan Muna, Emmi de Jesus and Arlene Brosas of Gabriela, Antonio Tinio and France Castro of ACT-TEACHERS, Ariel Casilao of Anakpawis and Sarah Elago of Kabataan.

“Instead of eradicating, the SOT legitimizes, even encourages and further opens the flood gates for all forms of job contracting schemes even on desirable or necessary jobs being performed by regular employees,” the lawmakers said in a statement.

Capitalists, according to Makabayan, “can now contract out bigger parts of their production or services from job contractors, terminate and replace their current regular employees performing desirable or necessary jobs with more cheap labor, be they ‘permanent or seasonal’ supplied by job contractors.”

“The bill is an insidous and rapaciuous attack to the job security of current regular employees intended to depress wages and destroy unions using in vain the name of security of tenure,” the group said.

Explaining his no vote during the plenary voting, Zarate said, “Hindi po ang House Bill 6908 ang katuparan sa pagwakas ng mapagsamantalang kontraktwalisasyon sa ating bayan.”

“Sa halip, ito ay puspos ng mga probisyong madaling paikutan ng mga negosyante at korporasyong sumisiil sa karapatan ng mga manggagawa at humuhuthot ng pinakamalaking tubo sa kanilang pinagpaguran,” he said.